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Air's Champagne Parlor (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

There are plenty of places to drink great bubbles in NYC, but none are as fun as Air’s. Owner Ariel Arce keeps the atmosphere lively with bright colors and a list designed to encourage people to engage with the staff: Instead of the usual suspects, she...Read Full Story

Mendoza Malbec (News & Features)

{image_1}He was right: The two went well together. But I really didn’t want another sip, or another bite. Since then, I’ve dipped back into Mendoza malbec from time to time, because I do love its sunny generosity. The wine’s smooth tannins and licorice-scented plummy fruit...Read Full Story

Game Changers | Cahors Malbec (News & Features)

Cahors has always been confusing to me: I knew the region mostly through reading books, where it’s often referred to as the land of “the black wine,” and I knew its major grape, malbec, through Mendoza, where it does, in fact, make dark, dense wines. But only some...Read Full Story

Game Changers | Greek Assyrtiko (News & Features)

“Santorini autism.” It’s what Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, at Gaia Winery, describes as the stubborn belief that assyrtiko can only excel in Santorini. This year, I was forced to admit that I had it. I didn’t really pay much attention to assyrtiko outside of Santorini—it seemed, at best,...Read Full Story

Game Changers | Retsina (News & Features)

Recently, I set out a bottle of Retsina along with a few other wines, and the Retsina flew. “What is this?” my neighbor asked, refilling her glass. “You’re drinking Retsina?!” her tablemate exclaimed, then insisted on trying it himself. If you’re old enough to remember when Retsina...Read Full Story

Support Greece (News & Features)

The Hellenic Initiative is holding a silent auction of Greek wine, food and travel experiences today.{image_1}If you can’t make it to The Hellenic Initiative’s Annual Gala tonight, where Corinne Mentzelopoulos of Château Margaux will be...Read Full Story

Seismic Shift (News & Features)

It used to be that the only assyrtiko that mattered came from Santorini. Tara Q. Thomas highlights some of the top bottles from the mainland and beyond.{image_1}Attica This past March, Kamal Kouiri, the beverage director at New York’s Molyvos, went on a vineyard crawl...Read Full Story

Summer Reading (Book Review)

A User’s Manual to Drinking Well Drinking Distilled (Ten Speed Press; $17) is not your usual cocktail guide. Author Jeffrey Morgenthaler is the bar manager at Clyde Common and Pépé Le Moko in Portland, Oregon, and he shares what he’s learned during 20-plus...Read Full Story

Cave Spring 2016 Niagara Escarpment Riesling (Wine Review)

This far outperforms its $16 price: It's a powerful, elegant riesling in a Rheingau-like mode. The ripeness of the warm, dry 2016 vintage comes across in the wine’s texture, nearly meaty with extract, but the flavors are all about lime zest and stone. The acidity keeps the wine feeling chiseled...Read Full Story

Fritsch 2015 Wagram Erste Lage Mordthal Grüner Veltliner (Wine Review)

Karl Fritsch specializes in grüner veltliner, and has tended his vines biodynamically since 2006. Mordthal is one of his most prized parcels, a south-facing patch of loess over slate. In the warmth of 2015, it produced a wine that rendered our tasting panel near speechless. In part, it’s the...Read Full Story

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